Currently in post-production

A Bloody Taboo 

Director, Camera, Editor: Sybilla Patrizia

Documentary Short Film
Original Language: Japanese
Subtitles: English, Japanese

言語: 日本語
字幕: 英語、日本語

"A Bloody Taboo" is a short documentary film shot in Tokyo, Japan which explores women’s rights issues related to period stigmatization, the tampon tax and the wider discussion of gender discrimination in Japan. Through intimate interviews with an eclectic collection of voices, the film explains the lack of open discussion and the taboos surrounding menstruation in Japan, which has recently become a hot topic in the wider discussion of women’s rights in Japan and around the world.


Menstruation is a natural part of women’s bodies and female reproductive health. Although half of the world’s population is women and most of them will have periods for about 30-40 years of their life,period stigmatization still exists. 

Our goal is to examine period stigmatization and discrimination in Japan, which ranks 121st out of 153 countries in the 2020 World Economic Forum Gender Gap Index—an indicator of the country’s lasting patriarchy. Period discrimination and period poverty might just be two of many issues in the fight for women’s equality, but they disproportionately affect some of the most vulnerable parts of our society: young women and women in poverty. By unraveling period stigma, we will show how women’s health issues are human rights issues that are relevant to people of all genders. 


日本等のいわゆる開発国での生理に対する偏見や差別についても調べる。(世界経済フォーラムの男女平等ランキングで日本は153ヶ国中121位に位置付けられ、国が男性優位社会であることが浮き彫りになった。生理に対する差別や生理用品が買えない貧困、「生理貧困」などの問題に取り組むのは、女性の平等のために戦う2つの方法かもしれない。しかし、このような問題で最も苦しんでいるのは、貧困に暮らす女性である。生理に対する偏見をほどき、女性 の健康問題や人権が性別問わず、人類にとって関連があるということを証明する。生理に対する差別や生理の貧困は世界各国の女性の機会に影響を及ぼすものである。